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Island of Tinetto

Island of Tinetto

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The island of Tinetto is the smallest one in La Spezia Archipelago, and is separated from Tino island just by some submerged rocks.
The area is about half a hectare large and doesn’t exceed 17 meters in height. It looks like Tino island as regards features. It is bereft of vegetation, with the exception of some Mediterranean shrubs and it hosts a rare subspecies of wall lizard, endemic to the island, which is not present in any other corner of the world.
On Tinetto Island the first monastic settlement was built in 6th century, and after the destruction of the monastery by Saracens, extended on the Tino island and subsequently on the Palmaria.
On the southern side, a small oratory remains intact, half-covered by shrubs, and on the level area you find a church with two naves to which a second oratory and the monks’ cells were linked.
The island of Tinetto represents the final part of the western promontory of the Gulf of La Spezia, called by experts “ La Lama di La Spezia” (“The blade of La Spezia”) because of its emerging Triassic carbonate rocks.

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